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- Humans are social creatures. Sometimes the things other people do overwhelm our sensibilities and we do things just because others are!
- The Herd Mentality has roots in social pressure. We all want to be accepted, and in times of stress, that pressure becomes more powerful.
- People in a crowd feel less guilt, less individuality, and more support from other members of the group. This is called “de-individualization.”
- Being in crowds, and even being on the road driving, can change our thoughts and behaviors! We might say or do things we otherwise never wouldn’t!
- Why does all this matter? Because the same thing happens when we use social media. When people join together with others even in something as simple as “liking” or sharing a post, they feel empowered because they are now part of a greater whole of people who also “like” that thing.
If everyone is thinking alike, then somebody isn’t thinking. –George S. Patton